Bar Harbor, Maine

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Standing atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, it is easy to see why individuals like John D. Rockefeller felt so strongly about preserving this area's natural beauty.

Established by individual donations, Acadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. Mount Desert Island had been a resort destination well before the establishment of Acadia National Park in 1919. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century, building Newport-style "cottages" that turned the quaint New England town into a fashionable summer resort. It was the efforts of these wealthy vacationers, including John D. Rockefeller, which led President Woodrow Wilson to establish Acadia as the first national park east of the Mississippi. Many of Bar Harbor's great houses are a memory. A catastrophic fire in 1947 ravaged the town and the surrounding forest. But Acadia National Park survived, and today it is one of the most visited national parks in America. Acadia's 35,000 acres are studded with natural wonders: In addition to the stunning landscape, some 50 species of mammals including moose, black bear and white tail deer roam the park.

Please note: Bar Harbor is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender transfer.
In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship's Captain.

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  • Acadia National Park Acadia National Park

    Composed of 47,000 acres, much of the area was once the home of the wealthy such as Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and the Morgans. Today it's the travel destination of hikers, rock climbers, campers and adventurers.

  • 27-Mile Park Loop Road 27-Mile Park Loop Road

    This spectacular scenic drive begins at Hulls Cove, loops around Mount Desert Island and winds its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

  • Cadillac Mountain Cadillac Mountain

    At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the tallest point along the eastern coast of the United States. From October to March, it's the first spot in the U.S. to see the sun rise.

  • Thunder Hole Thunder Hole

    This small inlet carved out of the rocks is famous for a thunderous clap when seawater crashes in and air and water is forced out. If you time it just right, you'll see water explode as high as 40 feet!

  • Victorian Bar Harbor Victorian Bar Harbor

    Tucked on the east side of the island, this charming village was once the home of the rich and famous; many of the opulent mansions from the Gilded Age can be seen along Main Street.

  • Lobster Bake Lobster Bake

    Plucked fresh from the coastal waters of Maine, lobster is the star and undisputed king of lobster dinners and known as a "downeast" meal including corn on the cob, potatoes, and all the trimmings.

  • Cranberry Islands Cranberry Islands

    Named for the tart red berries that grow in nearby bogs, the islands are comprised of five islands, each with its own general store, post office, church, historical society, and school.

  • Lighthouses Lighthouses

    Used to safely guide ships along Maine's rugged, sometimes treacherous shoreline, many of these beautiful and unique lighthouses still stand guard over 3,478 miles of Maine's coast.


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